Posts Tagged: furniture

New Spruce Retail

In the midst of summer projects, we’ve managed to sprinkle in some new retail projects. Take a look at our freshest finds and some extra-special pieces for the taking. 1. Handmade sari blankets from India. $75 ea. 2. Back to the Beach Chair. Chunky texture in cream, blue, and green; mid-century frame; $1095. 3. Neon »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Staple Lengths

Upholstery staples come in several different lengths. The most commonly used lengths are 1/4″, 3/8″ and 1/2″. I like to keep a box of each at my station at all times so I can quickly swap out sizes when working on different parts of a project. Let me elaborate on how I use each of these staples »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Reinforcing Panel Nails

If you are unfamiliar with upholstered panels, let me give you a short explanation of how they work. Panels are often used to cover the front of arms or sides of backs on furniture pieces such as wingback chairs and camelback sofas. A panel nail is first punched through the bare panel before it’s covered in Dacron »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Hanging Velvet

Tip time! At Spruce, we often cut out many or all of the fabric pieces for a project before we start upholstering, which helps us be efficient with our time. When working with fabrics that crease or scar when folded, such as velvet and leather, it’s handy to set up a spot where you can »

Designer Spotlight Series: Katie Kime

At Spruce, we’re fortunate to work with a number of talented interior designers who create beautiful spaces. We want to celebrate our favorite Austin designers by re-launching our Designer Spotlight column, a series that highlights some of their work and creations.Today we turn the spotlight on Katie Kime, a prolific and well-traveled lady who came to Austin via »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Making a Felt Tip Hammer

Sometimes you’ll find that your DIY upholstery project may include decorative nail head trim. Traditionally, a nylon-tipped tack hammer is the best tool for this job because of its lightweight and non-abrasive tip. If you find yourself in a pinch or you’re not ready to invest in this specialty tool, use this easy one-step tip. To »

Tiny Chair Transformation

When I became an upholsterer, my family thought that they had hit the jackpot. But they soon realized their vision of having their own personal upholsterer was just a pipe dream. After three years at Spruce, I have finally completed an upholstery project for a loved one. I found this adorable vintage rocker at Vintage Tobacco »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Attaching Double Welt

When upholstering furniture that has an exposed staple line, double welt can be a handy helper. Of course, there are a couple of other options such as decorative nailheads or gimp, but if double welt cord is what you choose, then please allow me to give you a few pointers to make it look as »

Local Business Snapshot: Mockingbird Domestics

We’ve made some new friends recently! Mockingbird Domestics is a thoughtfully curated retail shop on South Lamar. Owners, Jeff and Laura Daly, are responsible for this beautiful shop that specializes in home furnishings. One of the many things that we love about this business is their plethora of handcrafted goods by Texas artisans.

Before and Afters

Awww, before and afters…who doesn’t love instant gratification? One of the perks of my job is completing and sharing some of our satisfying before and after shots. I’m so happy to be in the business of turning struggling furniture into upholstery eye candy. Allow me to treat you with some of our recent transformations we »

Spruce Design Tip: Railroading Fabric

Hello patriots! Happy 4th of July to you all. A mid-week respite is just what the doctor ordered. Today I bring you a tip from the front of house. Clar and I spend quite a bit of time working with numbers, constantly measuring furniture and calculating the exact number of yards needed to complete each »

Inspiration of the Week: Confetti

Confetti…symbolic of fun, happiness, and celebration.  Inspiration is everywhere, but leave it to me to find it in a slice of Funfetti birthday cake.  I am usually a stickler for making things from scratch, but “if it ain’t broke…”  It is undeniable that this cake is yummy, but if you think about it, it really »

Designer Spotlight: Lindsey Arthur of Play House

With all the furniture that comes through Spruce, we do get to work with some fantastic interior designers. Often, designers are willing to take risks and can leap from idea to execution in one bound. It makes for exciting projects and some of our favorite pieces to work on! To help inform you of the »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: How to Level a Skirt

This trick is simple yet very effective.  A small amount of string proved to be very helpful to Frank while attaching this waterfall skirt.  In cases like these, our eyeballs cannot be trusted to accurately tell if the skirt is level.  This fun little string trick ensures that you will get it right the first »

Upholstery Class at Spruce

A few weeks ago, we did some teaching at the Spruce workshop, and boy, did we have a good time.  We had four fun personalities which led to many funny times. We actually got a little work done, too. Everyone left with a much different chair than they walked in with.  The makeovers were rather »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Wetting Leather

Tip time! I’ve had the pleasure of working with some pretty amazing leather this week.  Leather hides come in varying thicknesses and can sometimes be quite stiff. If you ever find yourself handling such leather, I’ve got a tip for you that you’ll thank me for later.  Water is the magic ingredient. Simply sponge water »

New Spruce Retail

Ladies and gents, we have a smorgasbord of furniture for you today. Chairs, benches, and sofas, oh my! Each of these diamonds in the rough have been scooped up by the Sprucettes along the way and are ready for their big reveal. This first piece was a Round Top find in April. We found it »

Before and After Treats

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Spruce Upholstery Tips

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Upholstery Lessons at Spruce

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Trunk Show at Spruce with Stella & Dot!

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Upholstery Lessons at Spruce

Spruce has been helping ambitious do-it-yourselfers tackle their upholstery projects for several years now.  We recently expanded the possibilities of upholstery education by removing any and all restrictions on what type of furniture is permitted.  From spring tying to cushion sewing, the possibilities are endless.  During our first round of upholstery lessons, our lovely pupils, »

New Furniture at Spruce!

As a Valentine’s gift to ourselves we have created a few new things and picked up some exciting vintage pieces to add to the Spruce collection. When Amanda and I took our trip to Round Top this year, we found a bevy of treats. Some stayed there (for good reason) and some made it home with »

Last week for Spruce Annual Sale!

Hey upholstery addicts! Don’t forget this is the last week to take advantage of 10% OFF upholstery and fabric when both are purchased here at Spruce. Come by the shop on or before February 16th, and we’ll help get your tired furniture looking refreshed!

Local Business Snapshot: Fine Lumber & Plywood, Inc.

As a small business, we understand the extra hard work it takes to flourish.  That’s why it’s very important for us to support and recommend our favorite local businesses.  Today we start the Local Business Snapshot. Throughout every month, we’ll share a few Austin businesses that inspire or help us achieve success with our own »

Before and After!

We are happy to say that things have been in full swing at the shop.  We’ve turned out some great pieces of furniture for our clients and even carved out a little time to add some new retail to the shop.  One of the best parts of my job is getting to see all of »

Bring Your Own Chair Class

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and has recovered from their holiday splurge.  I may need a couple of more days to detox my body from the massive portions of gumbo and cornbread dressing that I consumed. A couple of weeks ago we held our last “bring your own chair class” for the season.  »

Knitty Gritty Upholstery!

The couple of cool front teases that we have experienced recently have really gotten me amped up for fall/winter.  Although we are not quite in the midst of sweater weather, I have already begun to swap out my summer tanks for cozy knits.  I have even started knitting a scarf in anticipation!  Since furniture is »

A Chair Affair!

We’ve done it again!  Another successful chair class for the books.  We had a very colorful crew of five ladies who kept Clar and I very entertained.  The transformations were grand…we made these sad chairs turn their frowns upside down.  Take a gander… [pe2-gallery class=”alignleft” ] [/pe2-gallery] Robin is no stranger to Spruce classes.  We »

Tools of the Trade!

Where would we be without our tools?  Just as a doctor has his instruments, so too do we here at Spruce.  All of the Sprucettes/Sprucer are very talented individuals but, alas, we are not superheroes, therefore, we must seek a little help from our tool friends.  Recently, we played a little game called “what’s your »

From Farm to Furniture!

August is one of my favorite months out of the year to be home.  Since I’ve been a bit too busy to make the 6 hour drive back to Louisiana, I will just use the Spruce audience (you guys) to rant about why August is special to me.  As you may or may not know, »

Inspiration of the Week: Black and White

You love it, don’t deny it. It’s a mime’s bread and butter and it makes a heck of a design choice. Black and White. It’s as classic as you can get. By definition something that is “classic” is something that never goes out of style, and a black and white combo is just that. My »

Upholster-dermy

Okay, things are about to get weird.  A while back I got sucked into a reality show on the History Channel that followed the life of a taxidermy shop in Alaska.  I was instantly entranced.  I had never really given any thought about what might go into mounting an animal.  It is quite amazing how »

Spruce Fall 2012 Class Dates Listed!

Hi Everyone! We hope you had a great weekend! We had some overdue rain and a few blackouts over at my house ha! We have now been able to nail down the new dates for our DIY classes, August through November of 2012. We’ll take a break in December with the holidays, but there is »

Before and Afters!

Other than getting to hang out with my super cool co-workers everyday, seeing the before and after shots of our work is my favorite part of the job.  It’s like the Jenny Jone/Ricki Lake makeover shows only its furniture…and it’s not televised.  Taking furniture that wouldn’t have been looked at twice and making it a »

New Retail at Spruce!

Greetings, and Happy Summer Solstice to all! Yesterday will have been the longest day of the year and the official beginning of summer. Fittingly, the etymology of ‘solstice’ in its latin origin is sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still).  For eons many cultures have celebrated this marker for the fertile season with feast, fast, celebration, ritual, ceremony, and »

A lesson from our elders

  A few weeks ago our intern Gabrielle brought us a great treat: she found these cool and super old upholstery books.  As you would imagine we were all quite engrossed with it.  We geek-ed out as only true upholstery/furniture lovers could.  The first book, Essentials of Upholstery, was written by Herbert Blast in 1928.  »

Inspiration: Eleanor Young

Ah yes!…another random internet find.  I stumbled upon the work of Eleanor Young and thought I would share her with the Spruce audience.  Eleanor Young is a Glasgow based textile designer that specializes in bold, geometric upholstery work.  Her design studio, fun makes good, offers custom upholstery services as well as retail pieces.  I admire »

All things needlepoint!

You may have noticed a trend in the past 10 years.  It seems that anything your granny did is now becoming cool!  It started with the knitting craze, then crocheting, and now we are seeing needlepoint all over the place.  I am not one to be above trends.  In fact at the beginning of the »

Bring Your Own Chair Class!

It’s time for another installment of BYOC recap!  After a brief hiatus from classes, Clar and I were happy to welcome a new group of eager upholstery enthusiasts into our class room.  We had a variety of styles of chairs to work with and they all turned out beautifully.  Take a look at the before »